Webinar Panel Video: Why Taiwan is a natural partner in global health security

 This event focused on Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organizations centred on global health, an area that China has repeatedly worked to block Taipei from joining and making any contribution. Taiwan has been a global leader in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic and is a model for international health best practices. During this month’s G7… Continue reading Webinar Panel Video: Why Taiwan is a natural partner in global health security

Beijing’s threats against Taiwan’s foreign minister deserve condemnation: J. Michael Cole for Inside Policy

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Ottawa and capitals around the world cannot afford to remain silent in the face of such threats by the Chinese regime against officials from another country, writes J. Michael Cole. Speaking up and putting Chinese officials on notice isn’t simple altruism: Taiwan is a canary in the coal mine, and the tactics Beijing uses against… Continue reading Beijing’s threats against Taiwan’s foreign minister deserve condemnation: J. Michael Cole for Inside Policy

The Unfolding Crisis of Hong Kong: Ai-Men Lau for Inside Policy

Living in fear and uncertainty, pro-democracy Hong Kongers are struggling to see a brighter future, writes Ai-Men Lau. Today, they can be arrested for simply holding up blank pieces of paper in protest.  The following remarks are based on the research, analysis, and recommendations developed by the Alliance Canada Hong Kong (ACHK) as part of… Continue reading The Unfolding Crisis of Hong Kong: Ai-Men Lau for Inside Policy

MLI Congratulates President Tsai Ing-wen and the Halifax International Security Forum

OTTAWA, ON (May 4, 2021): The Macdonald-Laurier Institute extends its congratulations to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen for being awarded the John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service by the Halifax International Security Forum (HFX). As HFX president Peter Van Praagh rightly noted, President Tsai is “an inspiration and example to freedom-loving people everywhere,” specifically citing… Continue reading MLI Congratulates President Tsai Ing-wen and the Halifax International Security Forum

Wishful thinking is no substitute for strategy with China and Russia: Balkan Devlen in the Hub

The worst response to the Sino-Russian alignment is almost certainly what appears to be the present strategy: wait and see, hoping that the partnership will dissolve or that some dispute forces Xi and Putin to look in opposite directions, writes Balkan Devlen. Yet wishful thinking is no substitute for strategy. By Balkan Devlen, April 29,… Continue reading Wishful thinking is no substitute for strategy with China and Russia: Balkan Devlen in the Hub

The limits of China’s economic coercion: Luke Patey for Inside Policy

There is a price for Canada’s foreign and security policy autonomy, but because of Beijing’s own hesitance in upsetting its economic interests, it is not a high one, writes Luke Patey. By Luke Patey, April 26, 2021 In a scene from the pre-COVID world in December 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down for an… Continue reading The limits of China’s economic coercion: Luke Patey for Inside Policy

How Canada and its Allies Can Partner on an Indo-Pacific Strategy: New MLI Commentary

OTTAWA, ON (April 16, 2021): Infrastructure development is sorely needed in the Indo-Pacific region to sustain growth among large and mid-sized economies alike. The Asian Development Bank estimates that more than US$25 trillion will be needed by 2030. The region also continues to evolve when it comes to trade and the importance of supply chains.… Continue reading How Canada and its Allies Can Partner on an Indo-Pacific Strategy: New MLI Commentary

A Way Forward, Part II: Defending human rights in China

OTTAWA, ON (April 15, 2021): The world is waking up to the nature of a crony capitalist enterprise operating as a government in charge of 1.3 billion Chinese people. But it has been an uphill challenge for defenders of human rights. The Chinese Communist Party has been successful in co-opting many of the political and… Continue reading A Way Forward, Part II: Defending human rights in China

Is the Canadian Government Prepared to Stand up to Beijing? Margaret McCuaig-Johnston for the Prospect Foundation

It is clear that Canada must develop more courage and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other liberal democracies to confront Beijing’s aggression. Canada needs more resolve on matters related to Taiwan, writes Margaret McCuaig-Johnston. This article was initially published by the Prospect Foundation, and is being republished here with permission.  By Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, April 15, 2021 Since… Continue reading Is the Canadian Government Prepared to Stand up to Beijing? Margaret McCuaig-Johnston for the Prospect Foundation

Canada’s Indo-Pacific Moment: MLI Policy Brief by Jonathan Berkshire Miller

OTTAWA, ON (March 29, 2021): Successive Canadian governments have failed to lay out a clear strategy for Canada to develop a robust role in the Indo-Pacific, despite the undeniable importance of that region to our interests. We can no longer sit on the sidelines. A new policy brief by Jonathan Berkshire Miller titled “Canada’s Indo-Pacific moment” argues… Continue reading Canada’s Indo-Pacific Moment: MLI Policy Brief by Jonathan Berkshire Miller